GFF Schools Week Free Resources – Secondary schools and Film and Media students

As schools begin to close in the wake of Covid-19, we appreciate that the prospect of being home for a while is a daunting one. To keep our minds sharp and add some extra value to a film viewing experience, we are making all of our Glasgow Film Festival Schools Week resources available online.

All of the following films are great for students and pupils revising for exams or secondary students learning another language. Our resource contains some short activities to complete after you’ve watched the film. 

For the more creative tasks and discussion points, we’d love to see what you come up with! Tweet us @glasgowyouth or tag us on Instagram @glasgowyouthfilmfest.

Resource pack available online here:

Avril et le Monde Truqué (2015, PG)

A wonderful steampunk tale as Avril goes on the search for her missing scientist parents. Great for S1-3 who are studying French and want to brush up on their language skills.

Zipi y Zape y la Isla del Capitán (2016, N/C 8+)

Troublesome twins, Zip and Zap, are at it again. This time, their parents have left them on a mysterious island with Miss Pam, whose love of literature can get a little extreme sometimes! Ideal if you’re studying Spanish at school.

Available to watch on Netflix (Be sure to select Audio as Spanish and English subtitles on if you’re watching for some Spanish revision! Otherwise, you might get the dubbed version!)

The Social Network (2010, 12A)

A fictionalised account of how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his dorm at Harvard. Directed by the incredible David Fincher, this is perfect for those studying film and media or even if you’re looking for a topic for discursive essays. 

This film was selected and the resource created by our Foundation Apprentice, Meera.

Available to watch with Now TV Movies

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 15)

Guillermo del Toro’s classic fairy tale, Pan’s Labyrinth mixes the horror of the Spanish Civil War with a mysterious fantasy realm. Great for those studying Spanish, English and Film and Media. And just a fantastic film that is worth watching again and again. It can get a little gruesome in places, so consider yourself warned!

Available to watch on Amazon Prime 

The Martian (2015, 12A)

Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to sci-fi with this adaptation of the Andy Weir novel (also worth a read if you’re looking for creative ways to spend your quarantine time). Scientist, Mark Watney, is stranded on Mars and he’s got nothing but his wits, some potatoes and his own poop to try to find a way to survive until a rescue mission arrives. Great for Film and Media students, as well as Biology and Science students, too. This resource also contains some links to some great NASA materials (well worth a look if you like your STEM subjects).

Prophecy (2019, 12A)

Mesmerising documentary about Scottish artist Peter Howson. Howson lets the documentary crew film his latest work, Prophecy, teaching the audience about his creative process while also revealing more about his life and career. Ideal for Art students and Media students studying documentary.

This resource was created by staff at Gallery of Modern Art and was originally accompanied with a painting workshop.

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